Opener Daryl Mitchell smashed an unbeaten 72 to guide New Zealand into their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup last with an exciting five-wicket victory over England on Wednesday. Chasing 166 for victory, New Zealand had been in bother at 13-2 and 107-Four when Jimmy Neesham turned the semi-final on its head with an 11-ball 27 to assist obtain the goal with one over to spare in Abu Dhabi. With 20 wanted off the ultimate 12 balls, Mitchell smashed Chris Woakes for 2 sixes and a 4 earlier than his 47-ball blitz triggered wild celebrations within the New Zealand dugout.
New Zealand will face both Australia or Pakistan in Sunday’s last.
They suffered early blows after Woakes struck on the third ball to ship Martin Guptill trudging again to the pavilion for 4.
The quick bowler then obtained skipper Kane Williamson’s prized scalp for 5 after the batsman tried a scoop shot to be caught at fine-leg.
Mitchell and Devon Conway placed on 82 runs for the third wicket however Liam Livingstone struck together with his leg spin to have Conway stumped for 46.
New man Neesham took the bowling head on as he smashed Chris Jordan for 2 sixes – one among them almost caught on the boundary by Bairstow however his knee touched the rope – and a 4 to get 23 runs from the over.
He lastly fell to Adil Rashid’s googly with Eoin Morgan holding on to a catch at additional cowl.
Earlier Moeen Ali smashed an unbeaten 51 to steer England to 166-four after being invited to bat as Kiwi skipper Williamson received an all-important toss.
England misplaced their openers together with Jos Buttler for 29, lbw off Ish Sodhi.
But Moeen hit again together with his 37-ball knock and placed on a key partnership of 63 with Dawid Malan, who hit 41, for the third wicket.
Pace bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult stored a decent leash within the first three overs earlier than Buttler smashed two successive boundaries.
In-form Buttler tried to rebuild however an try and reverse sweep leg-spinner Sodhi obtained him trapped lbw for 29 off 24 deliveries.
The opener, who moved previous Pakistan’s Babar Azam because the main batsman within the event with 269 runs, reviewed the decision however replays instructed the ball would have hit his off stump.
The left-handed Malan, who was dropped on 10 by wicketkeeper Conway off Neesham, hit the primary six of the innings off Southee within the 16th over however departed subsequent ball caught behind.
But Moeen launched an assault as he hit Sodhi for a six after which smashed Milne for 2 hits over the fence.
Livingstone hit 17 off 10 balls earlier than departing and Moeen accomplished his first fifty of the event with a boundary off Neesham.
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